Devices and Prototyping
The Centre for Exciton Science will work on the development of new energy-efficient devices and energy storage structures such as solar cells, luminescent solar concentrators, and exciton up-conversion systems. The full application potential of emerging excitonic materials will be showcased and explored in prototype devices. We will work towards novel device designs that are compatible with low-cost fabrication techniques. The integration of the multitude of excitonic technologies developed in this Centre into integrated 3rd generation photovoltaics such as tandem solar cells and PV-integrated solar concentrators and upconverters will be a key focus. In addition, the Centre will explore novel spin-control devices and systematic optimisation of device parameters to facilitate translation and prototyping through partners such as CSIRO and Chinese partners.
The Centre has extensive infrastructure for device fabrication including
- complete solar cell characterisation systems (e.g. simulators, spectral response, a wide range of impedance based techniques and stability testing)
- wide range of printing and deposition technologies (e.g. screen, spray, spin coating, dip coating, sputtering and thermal evaporation)
- clean room access (class 100-10000) at the MCN, CSIRO, RMIT facilities (including EBL, FIB, RIE and nanoimprinting.)
- wide range of deposition methods including EBE, sputter coating, thermal ebeam evaporation, and electroplating and 3D printing.
- Roll-to-roll printing and slot die coating facilities at CSIRO.